The lungs, being a major organ of the body, is responsible for oxygen intake into the body and carbon dioxide release from the body.
Lung cleansing and detoxifying would help clean and flush out toxins from the respiratory linings of the lungs and bronchi.
Lung cleansing and detoxifying are even more important if you just quit smoking. This is because lung cleansing helps prevent and mitigate numerous lung diseases and disorders. These lung diseases and disorders it helps to prevent include; asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, pleurisy, cystic fibrosis, tuberculosis, and cancer.
Symptoms of respiratory problems include; coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, tenderness or soreness around chest or back, excess mucus, fever, body aches, nasal irritation, and chest pain.
Here are tips and good practices, to consider, if you want healthy lungs;
- Avoid highly polluted environments.
- Drop the bad habit of smoking and avoid secondhand smoke.
- You could take up a wind instrument, such as saxophone or trumpet, to develop your lung’s endurance and strength.
- Incorporate exercises into your weekly routine. Exercise would help build your lung’s capacity.
- Taking hot showers or sitting in saunas for about 20 minutes also aid in the lung’s detoxification process.
Below are various natural treatments and home remedies to detox and cleanse your lungs;
Licorice root has antibiotic powers that inhibits microbes in our system. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties aids in lung detoxification. To make licorice tea, add one tablespoon of licorice powder in a glass of water and let it steep for 15 minutes. And since it’s already sweet, you don’t have to add any sweetener. For best results, drink up to three cups a day.
Peppermint helps to clear problems related to the upper respiratory system. It’s antispasmodic and expectorant properties promotes effortless breathing. Other than that, peppermint is rich in nutrients such as magnesium and calcium that help to eliminate toxins from our bodies. To treat lung congestion, chew five peppermint leaves every day. You can also take two cups of peppermint tea after meals. Unlike other over-the-counter medications, peppermint has no adverse side effects.
Lungwort helps to thin out the phlegm for easy breathing. If you are struggling with asthma or bronchitis, you should use lungwort to boost your immune system. Simply put powdered lungwort in a cup of water and let it steep for about 15 minutes. Drink the tea as many times as possible
4. Inhalation Of Essential Oils
When you inhale essential oils such as eucalyptus oil or rosemary oil, you can quickly cleanse your lungs. Just pour a few drops of these oils in boiling water, cover your head with a blanket and then inhale for 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can use a diffuser to disperse the benefits into the air.
Ginger eliminates air pollutants to promote your overall respiratory health. In addition to that, ginger improves blood circulation reducing the chances of getting chronic lung diseases. For lung detoxification, you should incorporate raw ginger into your meals.
Alternatively, you can make some tea by adding powdered ginger in a cup of water. Simmer for about ten minutes and then add some lemon or honey to taste. Avoid this remedy if you suffer from high blood pressure.
Oregano belongs to the mint family. It’s rich in carvacrol compound that helps to reduce inflammation in the lungs. This herb can also inhibit bacteria in your lungs. If you are suffering from respiratory problems, drink two cups of oregano tea every day. You can as well add two drops of oregano oil in your juice or milk to detoxify your lungs.
7. Breathing Exercises
When you take deep breathes, you improve your lung capacity. To use this remedy, lie flat on your back, breathe in deeply and hold your breath for five seconds. After that, slowly exhale the air. Repeat the procedure ten times to complete the session. Perform this breathing exercise at least two times a day.
8. Castor Oil Pack
Castor oil helps to draw out the toxins from your lungs. It also improves lymphatic circulation. To use this remedy, soak a cotton cloth in castor oil and place it on your chest covering the lungs. After that, cover the cloth with a plastic sheet for two hours. Remove the cloth and rinse your body with warm water thereafter. Repeat this treatment twice a week. Make sure you only use organic or cold-pressed oil.
9. Improve Air Quality
While we may not have control of the air we breathe outdoors, we can improve our indoor air. First, you should get rid of all indoor air pollutants like benzene, carbon monoxide, and ammonia. Secondly, minimize the use of chemical-based cleaners and aerosol sprays. Thirdly, maintain proper humidity in your house using a humidifier.
If your lungs are clogged with toxins, you should use mullein herb. Mullein works by alleviating respiratory problems like pneumonia, asthma, and tuberculosis. Also, it helps in breaking down the mucus in the lungs. Put a handful of mullein leaves in a cup of water and let them steep for ten minutes before drinking.
11. Quit Smoking
Nicotine smoke inhibits the normal functioning of your lungs. For this reason, you should quit smoking to begin the cleansing process. Remember, it’s never too late to stop.
12. Sage Tea
Sage inhibits the growth of malignant cells in the lungs. To make sage tea, grind dried sage leaves in a cup of water and let it steep for ten minutes. Make sure you don’t overload your lungs during the purification process. Follow this remedy three times a day.
13. Clove And Lemon Tea
Clove is rich in eugenol that helps to ease lung discomfort while lemon is a powerful antiviral. When the two are combined, they boost your immune system and reduce lung inflammation. To use this treatment, simply take diluted clove tea (diluted with water) and add one tablespoon, each, of honey and lemon. Take the tea three times a day.
14. Chickweed And Marshmallow Root
Chickweed helps to ease lung congestion while marshmallow reduces inflammation. You should mix the two herbs in equal parts for best results. Make sure you boil them till the water reduces by half. Take one cup twice a day.
15. Echinacea Tea
Echinacea inhibits viruses, bacteria, and harmful free radicals. Moreover, it reduces symptoms of laryngitis and bronchial infection. To make echinacea tea, grind a few echinacea leaves and boil in a cup of water for twenty minutes. Add some honey and enjoy. You should never take echinacea for more than ten days. Otherwise, your immune system could be compromised.
16. Osha Root
Osha is a natural herb for respiratory support. It contains camphor compounds that help to increase air circulation in the lungs. Although it does not work as a natural antihistamine, it calms respiratory irritation. Just boil the Osha root in a pot for thirty minutes. Drink two glasses a day.
Nettle leaves disinfect your lungs and play an important role in fighting infections. They are also effective in combating respiratory problems like asthma, coughs, and tuberculosis. What’s more, the leaves contain astringent compounds that help to clear catarrh congestion. Boil the leaves in a cup of hot water and drink two times a day.
18. Thyme Syrup
Thyme possesses antispasmodic and expectorant properties. This makes it an effective treatment for chronic diseases that obstructs the airways. To make the syrup, put thyme in a pot of water and simmer for one hour. Once the solution cools down, pour in a cup and then add some honey to taste. For optimal results, take two cups every day.
19. Carrot Juice
Carrots are rich in vitamins A, C, and K that helps to remove nicotine from the body. When it comes to lung health, the juice protects your lungs from infections. Also, a recent research has shown that when you take carrots every day, you reduce the risk of getting lung cancer by half. To cleanse your lungs, take carrot juice three times a day.
Lobelia is one of the most valuable herbs for lung detoxification. It works by stimulating the adrenal glands for easy breathing. Apart from that, lobelia has antispasmodic properties that help to relax lung muscles.
To reduce the effects of nicotine from your body, add a handful of lobelia leaves in a boiling pot and let them steep for thirty minutes. Drink one cup of the solution three times a day. This herb is potentially toxic when taken in large amounts, so make sure you take it as directed
This herb is very effective in treating pneumonia, asthma, and bronchitis. Furthermore, it reduces inflammation and strengthens your respiratory system. To make coltsfoot tincture, chop a few flowers and put them in a jar full of water for one week. Take 5ml of the solution every day until you get some relief.
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